The most-feared wave in the world
Tow-in surfing survives here
A decade ago, tow-in surfing went out of fashion. This method involves jet skis and even helicopters, which tow surfers to the entrance to the wave, giving them impetus that allows them to perform more spectacular manoeuvres. Because of the force of Teahupoo, this method continues to be a must.
Tahiti, the cradle of surfing
In 1788 James Morrison, deserter from the famous HMS Bounty, wrote of his surprise on encountering the Tahitians: “they take a board (…) and then swim out beyond the breakers to wait for big waves to form, (…) and wait with their bellies on the board, they get onto the crest (…) and move along with the wave at extraordinary speed”.